14 May 2012 Monday
100m Intel laptops to get pre-loaded English lessons
English language learning software from the British Council will be
pre-loaded on up to 100m computers used in schools worldwide by 2015,
the UK’s education and cultural promotion agency has announced.
British Council says that content from its ELT websites will be
installed on computers built by Intel as part of the US computer
manufacturer’s campaign to increase school students’ access to low-cost
English language learning content will be available on Intel’s Classmate device.
The company says it has produced 6m of the simple, robust and low-cost laptops since 2007.
concept of ‘one-to-one’ education, where every students has a laptop or
tablet that they can also take home, opens up new possibilities for
classroom pedagogy in ELT, new ways to support learning with authentic
language input and new ways to expand learning beyond the classroom’,
said Michael Carrier, director of English language development at the
Universities in Japan that introduce more
English language classes and encourage their students to travel abroad
to study could receive over $16m each over the next five years as part
of government funding aimed at internationalising higher education.
to 40 universities are being encouraged to apply for grants if they
meet criteria such as recruiting teaching staff from abroad and setting
up credit transfer systems with other colleges.
Yamanaka, deputy director general at the education ministry, told the
Japan Times, ‘I believe we are entering a time to open up Japanese
universities. To send more Japanese students abroad, universities need
to make them more open to the global environment’.
This year the
government increased scholarship support for Japanese students to study
abroad from $24m to $39m in an attempt to reverse a decline in numbers
choosing courses outside Japan.
After a string of school closures
that have left students out of pocket, Shanghai city authorities have
launched a deposit system to protect students from business failures.
Students at private English language schools are among those who have lost pre-paid fees as a result of recent closures.